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Commodity Buyer

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Date: 18-Oct-2018

Location: Charleroi, WHT, BE

Company: Alstom


The future of transportation is already here. Alstom, with recorded sales of 7.3 billion in the 2016/17 fiscal year, is the world leader in integrated transport systems and continues to push the boundaries of innovation & digital solutions for transportation systems and e-mobility.  We are at the forefront of providing sustainable modes of transport with the largest range of rail solutions in the market.  Headquartered in France, we are present in over 60 countries and today employ 32,800 people worldwide. For more information, please visit:



The Buyer position, reporting to Site Sourcing Director will as a responsibility have to apply Sourcing Strategy for the commodity he works for and to support project operations at site level (finalizes contracts with suppliers - frame agreement - and places orders in close cooperation with Supply Chain).

The role reports hierarchically to Sourcing Site Director and functionally to Sourcing Commodity manager.


Specific responsibilities of the role: 

  • Identifies and inventory project and business needs
  • Consolidates needs with Commodity Manager
  • Defines commodity strategy with the Commodity Manager
  • Implements commodity strategy
  • Negotiates cost reduction with suppliers
  • Participates to panel elaboration
  • Insures QCD achievement
  • Contributes to supplier performance reviews
  • Places orders for projects on his sites
  • Supports Domain Director and Commodity Manager in tender phase
  • Commits on work package sheet with validation of the Commodity Manager and the Domain Director
  • Closely works with the Supply Chain department for issues generated by the sourcing department
  • Closely works with the Supplier Quality department for issues generated by the sourcing department
  • Manages return of experience and gives feedback to the commodity manager and all stakeholders
  • Manages initial issues before escalating to commodity manager


Desired Skills & Experience: 

  • Competencies :
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Team player
    • Result oriented
    • Energy & drive
    • Well organized
    • Leadership
    • Good communication & interpersonal skills
    • High work ethics
  • Previous experience : Operational dealing within projects in sourcing, engineering or commercial.
  • Technical  Skills :
    • Contract management
    • Legal awareness
    • Project experience
  • Education  : Business school or Engineering degree with Master in purchasing
  • Language skills : English and French are mandatory. Dutch or German is an asset.
  • Tavels: Job will be located in Charleroi. International travelling is required for supplier- and team meetings



Alstom is committed to create a diverse & international working environment, that reflects the future of our industry, our clients and end-users.  As an employee, you will have a unique opportunity to continue to build your career and directly contribute to the expanding growth of the global transport industry.

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